Mechanical Characterization and Comparative Analysis of Fiber-reinforced Polymer Composites: Implications for Medical and Physiological Applications

Ahmed Taiwo

Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Henrietta O. Uzoeto *

Department of Therapy and Applied Science, Federal University of Allied Health Sciences Enugu, Nigeria.

Atere, M. Ebunoluwa

Department of Child Oral Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan Oyo State, Nigeria.

Peter C. Okorie

Department of Dental Technology, Federal University of Allied Health Sciences Enugu, Nigeria.

Ezeali Obasi

Restorative Dentistry Department, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Cosmas Samuel

Department of Biochemistry, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

John Emaimo

Department of Dental Technology, Federal University of Allied Health Sciences Enugu, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


This study investigates the mechanical properties and medical implications of fiber-reinforced polymer composites through comprehensive analysis. The aim is to elucidate the impact of varying banana fiber concentrations on the material's response to applied forces, extension behavior, load-bearing capacity, flexure extension, flexure load, flexure strain, and flexure stress. The methods involved testing different specimens with varying fiber content, including control groups, and analyzing the results using statistical tools to determine significant differences. Results reveal notable trends: as fiber concentrations increase, there is a corresponding increase in testing time, extension, load, flexure extension, and flexure stress. However, a critical point is observed where further increases in banana fiber content lead to unexpected changes in mechanical behavior, including a reversal in extension, load, and stress. The observed p-value of 0.001 underscores the statistical significance of these differences, emphasizing the importance of fiber concentration in determining material performance. These findings have significant medical implications. Understanding the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced polymer composites is crucial for various medical applications, including orthopedic implants, prosthetics, and surgical instruments. By optimizing fiber content, medical devices can be designed to withstand physiological forces while maintaining flexibility and durability. In conclusion, this study provides valuable insights into the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced polymer composites and their medical implications. Further research is warranted to explore additional mechanical parameters and optimize fiber content for specific medical applications. This knowledge contributes to the development of advanced materials that improve patient outcomes and enhance the efficacy of medical interventions.

Keywords: Fiber-reinforced polymer composites, mechanical properties, extension behavior load-bearing capacity

How to Cite

Taiwo, Ahmed, Henrietta O. Uzoeto, Atere, M. Ebunoluwa, Peter C. Okorie, Ezeali Obasi, Cosmas Samuel, and John Emaimo. 2024. “Mechanical Characterization and Comparative Analysis of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Implications for Medical and Physiological Applications”. Asian Journal of Medical Principles and Clinical Practice 7 (2):316-26.


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